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A driving game where Top (called Super Joe in the American materials) drives an armed car in an attempt to save his family and neighbors from a terrorist group called Zappers before they can kill the folks the next day.


This game contains examples of:

  • Canon Discontinuity: All material trying to depict Top as Super Joe has been ignored as of 2009 which is further cemented in a 30th anniversary encyclopedia labeling it a change done in the English market.
  • Depending on the Artist: Top is depicted with either brown hair or blue hair depending on the artwork.
  • Dub Name Change: Top was called Super Joe in American material for the game in an attempt to connect this unrelated game to Commando.
  • Exploding Barrels: The first known example in video games. Blue barrels, when run over, turn red. Red ones explode.
  • The Hero: The main guy is Top and he is determined to save his family and friends from being killed within 24 hours.
  • Market-Based Title: The game is titled Rush and Crash in Japan.
  • Nintendo Hard: You drive a not very sturdy car through a confusing course with hordes of enemies constantly assailing you and instant death traps scattered everywhere. Every bit as fun as it sounds.
  • No Name Given: Aside from Top, no character in the game is ever named.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: If Top does not have a car to drive, he will die if he gets shot or run over.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The Zappers have spikes mounted onto a handful of their vehicles they use for their terrorist activities.
  • Timed Mission: Top has 24 hours to save the hostages or they get killed by the terrorists who kidnapped them.

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